How to clean Microwave Oven

You can remove smells and stains with vinegar, baking soda, and lemons.

By Gunjan Mehta | Updated 26/07/21
How to clean Microwave Oven

A clean microwave is a must-have in any kitchen. The key to keeping it that way? Keeping up with the dirty dishes and grime by wiping down the interior every few days, at minimum. When you notice stains or burnt bits on your appliance’s surface from dinner leftovers or leftover popcorn kernels, don’t fret — this guide will show how to bring back its original shine faster than ever before!

Microwaves can be cleaned with everyday cleaning products already found in your house, including all-purpose cleaner, baking soda, or dish soap. Some companies warn against using bleach because it actually damages the plastic interior and will weaken over time. You don’t need to worry about stains from tomato sauce splatters either microwaves typically stay clean without any extra whitening cleaners used on them!

How to Clean the Inside of a Microwave

I used to think that cleaning the microwave was a never-ending process. But I found this recipe for getting it sparkling clean in about 10 minutes!

  1. First, combine 1 cup water and lemon, lime or orange slices (squeeze juice from the fruit into the bowl) – you can add white wine vinegar if you have some on hand too.
  2. Microwave your mixture until it boils then watch as steam fills up your window so all of those food particles will come loose without any scrubbing required!
  3. After waiting for 5 minutes, remove the lid and wipe inside with a sponge.

How to Clean Greasy Microwave Doors

Rather than just focusing on the inside of your microwave, it is important to clean its exterior as well. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning the door of a microwave:

  • Dampen a sponge with water and baking soda then wipe in an X pattern around corners or edges that might be greasy.
  • Use vinegar mixed with water to remove tough stains from the window (apply mixture directly onto stain using paper towel)
  • Rinse after wiping away any excess liquid or spills — this will help prevent accumulation.

Clean a Microwave Oven with Lemon

Vinegar may have power, but it smells a bit unpleasant. Alternatively, you can slice up some fresh lemons and place them in your deep plate of water for 5 minutes to give the oven another go-around before going through all that tedious scrubbing again from scratch. While they’re at it, wipe off any leftovers on the outside surface with a damp cloth–that couldn’t be easier!